|Sylvan Ellefson '09 missed All-America honors by a mere 0.3 seconds, but was the third-best skier from the East.|
JACKSON, N.H. -- Bates College sophomore Sylvan Ellefson placed 11th out of 38 competitors Wednesday in the Men's 10K Free Technique race, as the University of New Hampshire-hosted NCAA Ski Championships kicked off.
Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) timed in at 26:17.0 in the zero-degree temperatures, only 0.3 seconds behind Even Sletten of the University of Utah for 10th place. The top 10 finishers earn All-America honors.
Ellefson, who finished 22nd in the event as a freshman last year at nationals, ranked third among all competitors from Eastern colleges -- the top six spots went to skiers from the West, including event champion Rene Reisshauer of the University of Denver (24:52.2).
Ellefson will race again on Friday in the 20K Men's Free Classic race.
The NCAA Ski Championships continue on Thursday with giant slalom competition at Attitash. Bates has five skiers competing in the alpine events: on the men's side, juniors Leo Menard (Portland, Maine) and Dan Loman (Killington, Vt.), and on the women's side, sophomores Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.), Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) and Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine).
View race results here.